I am not a person who longs for summer. I much prefer the more accommodating temperatures of spring and fall, however, there are certain activities that can only be enjoyed during the summer. Chasing fireflies and eating a delicious piece of vine ripened watermelon are two prime examples and both of these wonderfully fun summertime activities are beautifully depicted by two of our 41st Annual High School Art Show artists. Ashlynn Meyer of Smith Center skillfully transports viewers back to their youth and those early summer evenings spent chasing and apprehending fireflies with her acrylic painting “Living Lights”. Bold, thick, sure paint, dark in color and heavy in texture paradoxically lightens viewers’ moods and brings a bright smile as the magic of chasing fireflies once again comes to life.“Bite of Summer” by Thomas More Prep-Marian student Morgan Olmstead will tease your taste buds and leave you longing for a nice juicy piece of watermelon (the real good stuff that is only obtainable during the summer). Her oil painting quintessentially captures the heart of the melon. Literally, the wedge appears to rise from the canvas, essentially begging the viewer to stop and take a bite. Both works evoke that footloose and fancy free I don’t have a care in the world feeling only truly felt by children set free from the confines of formal education for the entire intoxicating summer. Want to relive those feelings? Stop in and wander through the gallery vicariously seeing the world through the eyes of these talented student artists.
March Artists of the Month, Tom and Mary Ewing, have filled, and I truly mean filled the Artist of the Month area. These two-talented people have outdone themselves on this display. Super cute primitives are ready to help decorate your home for spring and Easter. Beautiful wool hooked rugs and awesome leather work are also available. The Ewing’s are always one of our most popular booths at the annual Hansen Museum Arts and Crafts Fair. Their goods will be available for purchase in the Museum for the entire month of March.